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It was the summer of 1987, when Patrick Swayze was a pin-up and no one imagined dance shows would be on prime-time TV. On the 25th anniversary of the film's release, do you still have hungry eyes for it?
It was 25 years ago this week that Dirty Dancing's Johnny Castle strutted his way into moviegoers' hearts. Patrick Swayze's performance as the dancer who takes the infatuated Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) under his wing secured his status as one of the most lusted-after pin-ups of the 1980s.
Thanks to a combination of Swayze and Grey's leading roles, a great supporting cast, 1960s nostalgia, that soundtrack and Eleanor Bergstein's deft screenwriting, the film was a huge box-office hit, earning back more than 35 times its paltry budget of $6m.
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It was August 21 when Dirty Dancing made its way into theaters.That was the summer of 1987, when everybody called Jennifer Grey Baby, and it didn't occur to her to mind. With a budget of $6 million, the film danced its way into the hearts of many a movie-goer, becoming one of the classic romantic films of the decade and a dance-focused love story that many dance movies that followed would likely aspire to be Written by Eleanor Bergstein and dirtied by Emile Ardolino, Dirty Dancing stars with a girl. A college-bound teenager living in the early '60s, who's on the verge of adulthood and ripe to fall in love as she travels to Kellermans, a Catskills resort. Jennifer Grey's Frances "Baby" Houseman is introduced to us as a sweet Daddy's girl, with good grades and an optimistic outlook on the world. "Our Baby's gonna change the world," her father »
In the 1980s, Linda Gottlieb, an East Coast producer for MGM Studios, had lunch in New York City with writer Eleanor Bergstein, who had an idea for a movie about two sisters who are dancers, based in the Catskills.
“I said, ‘Well what’s the story?' And she said, ‘I don’t really have a story, but it should involve Latin dancing…’” Gottlieb recalled. “So I switched the subject and said, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ She said, ‘I grew up in Brooklyn, my father was a doctor, I was one of those kids who used to go across the tracks to go dirty dancing.’
“I said, ‘That’s a million-dollar title! Now we’ll figure out the story.’ We invented Johnny Castle at lunch.”
“Dirty Dancing,” the film they made, was released 25 years ago today. The movie tells the story of an idealistic, college-bound girl named Frances “Baby” Houseman »
- The Huffington Post
Admit it: You've seen "Dirty Dancing" more times than you'd care to admit. You're drawn in by its blend of music, dance, nostalgia, and romance between macho-yet-tender Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and awkward-yet-brave Baby (Jennifer Grey) every time it's on TV. Which is often: it seems to have been running on endless loop since its release 25 years ago, on August 21, 1987. Still, as much as you love "Dirty Dancing," you may not realize how often the production skirted disaster, from almost not being made at all, to almost not casting Swayze, to almost cutting a key subplot to please a squeamish potential corporate sponsor, to its catastrophic test screenings that almost led the film's backers to let the film go unreleased and write it off as a bad investment. How did all that trauma lead to moviegoers having the time of their lives? Read on. 1. Writer/producer Eleanor Bergstein based the story on her own childhood. »
- Gary Susman
Chicago – The generation raised on movies of the ’80s is now the one that buys the most Blu-rays. And so it makes sense that more and more of the films of our youth are hitting the format. Again. And again. Lionsgate has turned releasing and re-releasing “Dirty Dancing” into an art form (and would never pass up the 25th anniversary without another re-release). And Warner Bros. has finally given both “Gremlins” and “Gremlins 2” an HD polish although one wishes they had given more care and love to Joe Dante’s gems. Oh yeah, you can also now own “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” on Blu-ray if there’s anyone out there who considers that valuable information.
It may say something about the war of the sexes but I imagine more men would choose the “Gremlins” 2-pack and more women would lean toward the “Dirty Dancing” 2-film collection on the new releases shelf. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner” is probably one of the most popular quotes in movie history. Perfected by Patrick Swayze in 1987 and re-enacted on the London stage, come 2013 we will be getting ourselves a whole new dose of Dirty Dancing.
And who better to remake the classic movie than its original choreographer Kenny Ortega. With a cast yet to be announced, the movie has been confirmed by Lionsgate to open in the Us on July 26, 2013 and will be heading to Cannes where it will be shopped for by international buyers. 26 years after it first opened in August 1987, the remake of the classic love story of Baby and Johnny Castle will contain a mixture of hits from the original film, new compositions and a splash of our all-time favourites from the 1960s. Produced by Debra Martin Chase, Ortega and Alli Shearmur, the script, which is based of the original by Eleanor Bergstein, »
- Tina Baraga
Earlier this month there was an unfortunate fire at the Catskills condiminium complex that inspired the resort featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. It wasn't filmed at this location, but it was that setting -- the old-school family resorts of the Catskills -- that inspired screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein to pen Dirty Dancing. When it came time to shoot the film, production moved to two different locations: Mountain Lake in Virginia is where all the exteriors of Kellerman's resort were filmed, as well as the scenes featuring the small cottages the staff were staying in. Meanwhile, the lake scene was shot in North Carolina at Lake Lure. While combing through the story of the fire, though, we learned that Mountain Lake currently hosts something called Dirty Dancing...
- Erik Davis
A bunch of brave firemen had the time of their life putting out a massive blaze that took down a piece of very cherished movie history.
MSNBC reports that over 43 fire companies and 300 firefighters had to rally together to douse the flames that devoured the Catskills condominium complex formerly known as Brown's Hotel, which inspired the affluent resort Kellerman's in "Dirty Dancing," the favorite movie of nearly every member of the female gender.
While no one was killed or injured in what is being called the "largest fire in Catskills history," many residents lost their homes and belongings, as well as the fantasy that Patrick Swayze would someday lift them up in the air in a dancehall. This is the latest in a series of tragedies to befall the legacy of the film, after Swayze's death and Jennifer Grey's nose job.
While the majority of 1987's "Dirty Dancing" was »
- Max Evry
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